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Setting Your Soul Mission for 2017

jannws2You might remember that I urge folks to set a “theme” each year for what they want to work on in order to further their soul health and also enhance their soul’s evolution. Your theme might be something like “to be more authentic”, or “to practice self-love”. Themes allow us to anchor our growth on an idea or trait that we want to “weave” into the tapestry of who we are, while also providing us with infinite opportunities to do so.

For those who want to take their theme to a deeper level, you might want to consider writing a personal Soul Mission Statement of your intention to act as a good steward to your soul.

A mission statement is a timeless definition of a) who you are, jannws3b) your main purpose or goal, c) your core values, d) your reason for existence, and e) your mission, or task you aim to fulfill. It may seem odd or cumbersome to write a mission statement to your soul, but the act of creating one is another exercise in knowing yourself ever more deeply. In carefully and consciously crafting your statement, you come to know exactly what you are striving for and whom you are serving at all times; it is the ultimate commitment to your soul and your evolution.

As I wrote Soul Health, I constructed my own mission statement to read as follows:

     I am a vehicle of consciousness whose mission is to elevate others to reach radiant health and ultimate soul evolution. I strive to educate others to thrive in life while also serving as an ongoing role model in seeking and maintaining my own optimal soul health. I see life as a healing journey, one which is available to all souls, most of all one’s own, but one which is always subject to the curiosities and challenges of the human condition. I am committed to my own soul health, growth, and evolution both for myself and for the souls that I am fortunate enough to serve.

jannws4Although the first sentence of this mission statement sums up my love of helping others, it is the commitment to my soul that allows me to do this. It also allows me to anchor each year’s theme on a concept that will reinforce my overall mission. Once you recognize what your mission statement is, it shapes your entire tree of life in service of soul health. Finding your mission in life often takes time, but in many cases you are already fulfilling this mission, you just don’t know it. This may seem like an overwhelming task, but when you break it down to define each of the aspects noted above, you can connect them to complete a statement about your overall life purpose. Writing my own statement served to not only clarify what I’m all about, but also to instruct me each year about how to set my theme to better complete my mission.

Take some time now to develop your Soul Mission Statement, jannws6based on what you know of yourself at this point. Keep in mind that although mission statements are meant to be timeless, you will likely change and refine yours as you get to know yourself and your soul better over time. Your evolution is a lifelong process, but keeping your statement in mind will help you balance the branches of your tree of life, stay aligned with your soul health, and set your yearly theme for soul’s growth.

Stewardship to your soul is a never-ending process. Although it takes time to reach radiant soul health, daily soul stewardship is what allows you to get there. By committing to your soul, you are ensuring your growth and evolution. Your Soul Mission Statement will set the stage for doing this throughout your life.

Finding Your Perfect Calling

The only way to do great work it to love what you do. ~  Steve Jobs

When I took my career counseling class during graduate school, statistics at the time indicted that people changed jobs an average of 3.5 times during their life.  Estimates now show that people change jobs an average of 10-15 times during their career and that only 48% of Americans are even somewhat happy in their jobs.  With these statistics, it is inevitable that an unhealthy or unsatisfied Intellectual/ Occupational branch of soul health will affect a person’s ability to achieve radiant living.

image001 (1)Many are led down the wrong path or take various detours in finding their ideal jobs, careers, or life purpose, and some feel perpetually confused in their pursuits.  Multiple factors can muddy the waters of finding your ultimate work path.  These might include taking jobs simply for financial security, staying in occupations to avoid the process of finding another one, or feeling like it is too late to start another job or career.  Emotional dependence on a workplace can also occur, leaving employees with the idea that they are unemployable elsewhere.

We spend at least one-third of our daily lives at work.  Another third is spent sleeping (if we are lucky…), and whatever remains is filled with various responsibilities that can’t be accomplished while we are bringing home a paycheck.  But unfortunately, an unsatisfying work experience can directly impact the rest of our life to the point of damaging or even disabling our overall well-being.

Ask yourself—

  • What in my current work situation is keeping me from feeling fully satisfied?
  • What can I change about this?
  • What would make my work life more enjoyable?
  • Is there anything I can do to create more interest in my job?
  • Does my work “feed my soul”?

Prior to leaving my job as a professor at a medical school, someone told me that I was just one step away from making the best decision of my life.  Of course, in a time of fear, I also questioned whether it would be the worst decision instead.  I had to go through the process of recognizing how life would be if I stayed in the position vs. how it would be if I left.  Coming to understand regret turned out to be my best ally in taking the leap.

If there is truly nothing you can do to change your experience of work, then its likely time to make a change.  But many don’t want to make the same mistake twice and end up in another unsatisfying situation.  Understanding true Soul Health allows you to make these decisions without hesitation.

One of the top ten mistakes that people make in finding their highest potential is to believe that you have no options.  The truth is, we always have options.  These alternative may not appeal to us immediately, but with close consideration, it is possible that you will find open doors where you once saw only barriers.

It often takes time for a satisfying career to unfold, but it is entirely possible once you learn to avoid the detours that are common to all.  Take some time today to explore the obstacles in your life that keep you from experiencing radiant intellectual/occupational health.